Blabbing about Baubles: Pearls

Today I will be talking about pearls, which have been wore by Kate several times.

Photo credit: www.naturalactives.com
Photo credit: http://www.naturalactives.com

 

Pearls are firm, small objects that form when an invading irritant enters the soft tissue of a mollusk. Many believe that a grain of sand is the most common catalyst for a pearl’s conception, but this is in fact quite rare. Sometimes organic material or parasites enter the mollusk and ignite the formation process.

Natural pearls are rare, so many of the pearls sold on the market are cultured or farmed pearls. Cultured pearls are formed when a graft is inserted into the soft tissue, which responds by creating a pearl sac. Freshwater pearls are formed in freshwater mollusks. Saltwater pearls are formed in seawater mollusks. Apart from using an a graft, some farmers insert a bead instead. Most saltwater pearls are grown with beads.

The luster on pearls is caused by substance called nacre.    The best way to identify imitation pearls is to check for the iridescent luster on them. The luster is not as intense as it is on natural or cultured pearls.

Any mollusk can potentially produce pearls in some form, but these pearls don’t have the same luster and shine. Oysters are the mollusks known for creating valuable pearls.

Kate has been photographed wearing various pearl earrings, from studs to drops, and of course her often worn Annoushka drops.  

This is an article discussing how Kate has made pearls popular again. They were once thought of as jewelry for older women, but Kate has made them fresh and modern.

Photo credit: D Park Photography
Photo credit: D Park Photography

Kate’s pearl jewelry:

Annoushka Pearl Drop Earrings

Elsa Peretti Pearls by the Yard Bracelet

Heavenly Necklaces The Pearl and Diamond Earrings

Garnet and Pearl Gold Ring

Double Drop Pearl Earrings

Pearl Stud Earrings 

White Pearl Cluster Earrings 

Small Pearl Drop Earrings 

Three Strand Pearl Bracelet

Large Pearl Chandelier Earrings 

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